Fayette County

Cardinal Hill telethon breaks $400,000 mark

The 41st annual Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital Telethon raised $419,389 on Sunday. That was about the same amount raised last year, hospital spokeswoman Jenny Wurzback said.

"Given the world we live in, with the economy being what it is, I am amazed at the generosity of this community and the state. I am very, very pleased," Wurzback said.

The largest donation was $100,000 from Thoroughbred horse owner Mary Lou Whitney and her husband, John Hendrickson. Whitney is a longtime supporter of the hospital and has appeared on nearly every telethon since the first one to help raise money, Wurzback said.

The E.O. Robinson Mountain Fund donated $50,000, the second-largest amount. The third-largest donation, $25,000, was made by Lexington car dealership owner Don Jacobs and his wife, Kathy.

The money raised in the seven-hour telethon will help pay for uncompensated patient care, Wurzback said.

Guests included University of Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart and James "Ted" Bassett III, the retired president of Keeneland Race Course.